Now anyone can be a DJ with Mixxx, a free and open source DJing app that lets you mix your very own MP3 music collection for parties, clubs, or even just for fun. Installation of the application is incredibly simple. All you have to do is choose your desired music library, and Mixxx will import your entire collection. This may take some time if you have a ton of files, but the good news is that you only have to do this once.
The actual user interface of Mixxx may be a little intimidating for beginner DJs, but if you are ready to learn, it is not that hard to start getting the hang of it pretty quickly. The interface gives you two separate channels to play with, into which you can load tracks with a right click of the mouse. Both channels have their own controls for easy manipulation, including play, pause, and tone control. In the center of the interface sits the global controls for your use, including volume, balance, and the all-important cross-fader which lets you mix between the two channels.
You can control Mixxx with either your mouse or a number of hot keys, which you can learn from the included manual. There are even a few extra tools to help beginners get used to the controls. One of these is a ‘sync’ button that attempts to automatically synchronize the beats per minutes (BPM) of one track with the other.
As you can see, Mixxx is quite a solid and useful DJing app, with useful features and controls that are easy to learn if you put your mind to it.
Some of the features of Mixxx include:
- iTunes integration, so all your playlists and songs are automatically ready for your use
- BPM detection and sync, for seamless beat mixing between songs
- Over 30 DJ MIDI controllers supported straight out of the box
- A powerful mixing engine that includes support for MP3, M4A/AAC, OGG, and FLAC audio files
- Support for adjustable EQ shelves, timecode vinyl control, recording, and Shoutcast broadcasting